PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 9th, 2016
For most retirement plan advisers, building up a book of business is about much more than adding AUA. It’s also about getting involved in work that matters—building new relationships that will, over time, strengthen the retirement outcomes of real people. But retirement plan advisories are still businesses, with balance sheets and staffing needs like any other. This week our roundup offers practical tips, strategies and best practices for building a skilled and dedicated advisory team.
Editor's choice
Scouting for Recruits
Steve Cunha, founder of the retirement plan services department at Baystate Financial Services, has a particular sweet spot in mind when hiring new advisers: “I look for someone who’s been around long enough to know he wants to be in this business, to understand the overall picture, but not so long he’s accumulated bad habits.” Read more >
Fidelity Warns Advisers to Get Smart on Firm Value
A new cut of the Fidelity RIA Benchmarking Study shows many in firm leadership positions struggle to understand and articulate practice value, leading to confusion and miscommunication during one-off events, such as an ownership transition, but also during the normal course of business.  Read more >
Recruiting Techniques That Work
We asked, you answered. How are you recruiting new advisers? Advisers took our survey and shared favorite questions, techniques and a few methods some peers may not have thought of. Read more >
Confidence Key to Advancing Female Advisers' Careers
At a February conference by Edward Jones for female advisers, nearly 80% of the attendees said confidence is among the biggest factors impacting leadership, success and fulfillment in a career. Half of those surveyed also say confidence is the single most important tool in career advancement. Read more >
Being a Millennial Financial Adviser
Those Millennials who are already working in the advisory industry are concentrated in firms that recognize that they need to add younger talent and are putting in effective processes to make that happen. Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

HSA Knowledge Gap Offers Clear Adviser Service Role

Health savings accounts are often described as the 401(k) of health care—so it is only natural that retirement specialist advisers can play an important role in educating the public about these important savings vehicles; survey data shows more education and advice is desperately needed. 

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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